A few weeks ago I posted about some of the reasons why renting may be a better option for some than buying a home. There’s one big reason though why buying can be better than renting – the bad landlord. Does anyone actually like their landlord? I’ve never had a landlord that I liked. Even just the name, ‘landlord’, predisposes me to not like them. I don’t like that they are the ‘lord of my land’. I don’t live in the middle ages. I don’t plan on mounting a revolution to reclaim my land. I just want to rent an apartment. So why can’t landlords just be property managers and manage their properties with ethics and standards. Is that too much to ask?
I’m a big fan of a podcast called Radiolab. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, every week they tackle one big concept – like time, sleep, or identity – and they talk about it for about an hour. Its extremely engaging and never uninteresting. And it was while listening to an episode about zoos, yes that’s right, zoos, that they touched upon a fascinating concept that can be related back to society, lifestyle, money and happiness. You see, at some level, we are all just animals in a cage.
When I first started this blog, I talked about how my decision to leave graduate school early and not finish my PhD was partly motivated by my acceptance of the fact that I’m simply not a specialist. I came to this acceptance partly by reading a book by Barbara Sher entitled I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It. In the book, Sher classifies people as divers and scanners, or somewhere in between. I identified myself as a scanner with diving tendencies. In the comments of that original post, I was made aware that Barbara Sher wrote another book, specifically about scanners called Refuse to Choose! A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything You Love. I immediately knew I had to read it, so I headed out to my public library and grabbed a copy.
Before I talk about the book, I have a confession to make. I don’t normally read self-help books. In fact, outside of these two books, I can only think of one other self-help book beyond the personal finance realm that I have ever read. Continue readingLike What You See? Share the Story!
Do you ever have one of those days, when it seems like things just always go wrong. I’m writing this post in the aftermath of one of those days. I’m a big fan of Ultimate Frisbee. I try to play every weekend if I can with a group of friends. Usually, we play on a field near me, but today, we were trying a new field that was further away. So in an effort to be frugal, I decided to bike there. My first bike ride of the year. Bad idea. By the time I got to the field, my thighs were in agony, which made running for two hours pretty unenjoyable. Needless to say, my team lost both games. Later in the day, since I no longer had the energy to do much of anything, I decided to relax in a park and enjoy the beautiful day we had. About twenty minutes later, I saw something fall from the sky and land, ‘plop!’ on my jacket. Bird poop…wonderful! My lovely fiancee took me home to clean up, then while doing the laundry proceeded to drop my one of my shirts in the toilet. We hang some clothes to dry in the bathroom to save on money and energy from the dryer. It seems the environment has it out for me today. Sigh… At least, it isn’t actually raining.
On a brighter note, one of last week’s posts, Can Frugality Trump Honesty?, was included in a number of blog carnivals this week, including
- Top Personal Finance Posts of the Week hosted by Personal Finance Whiz
- Yakezie Carnival hosted by Passive Income to Retire
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults hosted by 20′s Finance
- Carnival of Money Pros hosted by Financially Consumed
And finally, here’s a look at the best articles I read in the blogosphere this week:
- Modest Money posted a list of all the Canadian Personal Finance Blogs he could find and is running a poll to determine the best one. Head on over and vote for Earth and Money!!
- Teacherman, guest posting on Canadian Finance Blog, asked whether or not Canada needs the CBC. Though many of the comments were in favour of getting rid of the CBC, I vehemently disagree and think the CBC is an essential part of our country.
- Teacherman is all over the place these days. He also wrote an interesting guest blog about Canada’s new federal budget on Invest It Wisely.
- Speaking of Invest It Wisely, the site’s main blogger, Kevin, wrote a terrific article about his first few months of entrepreneurship. Going out on your own is a tough road, but it can be very rewarding if you stick with it through the highs and the lows. A harrowing story!
- Marissa at Thirty Six Months highlighted ten reasons to start your own business. Sometimes the hardest part is coming up with the business idea!
- Bog of Debt confessed his recent struggles with debt. Its a tough thing to have and it can’t be easy. The hardest part sometimes can be remembering to lean on your support network, whether that be real people or an online community.
- And finally, with Easter this weekend, here’s a fun post from Squawkfox on how to create your very own Kinder Surprise Eggs…almost. In this case, the chocolate is in the egg.
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